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Rosie O'Donnell leaves Sarasota after selling Casey Key home for $5.3M

CASEY KEY -- A year and a half after moving to the island, Rosie O'Donnell has sold her beachfront estate for $5.3 million.

The talk show host and former host of "The View" sold the property at 703 Casey Key Road on April 15 to J. Dean Stauffer, a Denver electrical equipment wholesaler. The property was originally listed for $5.75 million.

O'Donnell had purchased the property in two pieces. In October 2013, she bought a three-quarter acre, gulf beach front property with 4,648-square-foot Key West style home for $5 million, according to Sarasota County property records. Last July, she paid $180,000 for a sliver of property across Casey Key Road that gave her beach-to-bay reach across the key.

The buyer gets both pieces of property, plus a dry slip at Gulf Harbor Marina.

According to media reports, O'Donnell filed for divorce in February from her wife Michelle Rounds after two and half years of marriage. The Casey Key home was listed for sale the same month.

The former couple is now fighting over custody of their adopted 2-year-old child, Dakota.

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